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New Year, New Job

Are you looking for a job in the new year and have the idea that the festive season and early in the new year are not the best time to find one? Its true to a point, however, there are companies that are keen to start the new year with a full complement of people and are proactively looking to recruit and fill vacant positions. It is possible to take advantage of this and position yourself as a front runner.Getting to the front of the recruitment queue Quieter periods may mean that you get the opportunity to meet directly with senior personnel and decision makers, instead of going through layers of interviews. A carefully constructed, well thought out and presented curriculum vitae can bypass many restrictions and competition and secure interviews. It is always best to remember that the small things count, especially when the rules of engagement are different.Follow up notes A post-interview ‘thank you’ mail or note will be a memory aid for the interviewer. Additionally, a well writt…

Chair Kickers and Queue Jumpers

I am one of the elite who is chosen to always sit in front of the chair kicker at the movies.   It is a great privilege that I don’t take lightly.
I start by subtly turning my head to see if there is really somebody behind me, because it is possible that the row of seats is a little unstable.
If there is, I hope that it’s just a once off settling in bump.   Sadly, by the third or fourth kick in the first ten minutes, the movie is no longer my main focus.   My husband is often kind enough to swap seats.   Now can he just not feel it, or do they stop kicking when they are facing the back of the head of a 6’3” man?
It happens on planes, too, and even in a financial reporting session recently.   My personal favourite is the person who is only able to stand up from his plane seat by leaning heavily on the back of mine, tilting me backwards while he raises himself into a standing position.   Sitting is an equally challenging process which requires both hands on the back of my seat, a sharp pul…

Just because its legal...

……..doesn't make it right!
We all know people who define right as "within the law". In other words, if you won't go to jail for it, it has to be OK.
Sadly, the law is so stretched today, we have also stretched the legal and right parameters.
People who have studied Ethics can present us with numerous situations where knowing which the right decision should be is almost impossible.
It is interesting that there is a school of thought that believes that everybody is corrupt (except themselves – they are just forced to go with the flow).   Not corruptible, but corrupt.  It is a cynical view, and the truth is there is a good chance they are going to be correct enough times to be able to treat opposition as na├»ve!
Have certain white collar issues become generally acceptable?
We had an internal fraud case a few years ago.  One of the fraudsters told me, and he appeared to believe it, that he didn't see what was so wrong.  He was of the opinion that this was how all new compan…